We were delighted to be invited to visit Paphos for the Cyprus Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K by the race organisers. This historic, cultural and beautiful Mediterranean island offers the perfect weekend get away and chance for some winter sun. After years as a British colony English is widely spoken and they drive on the left!
Even better there is the choice of 3 distances. The full Marathon starting at the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of love and beauty - the Half Marathon and the 10K, both starting and finishing in Paphos itself. This makes it a perfect venue for Running Clubs and Groups where everyone gets to choose the distance that suits them.
What is included:
We know that you are going to love the package that we have put together here. There is such a lot to see and do in the Paphos area.
Met at Paphos, Cyprus International Airport by Running Crazy Ltd staff
Transfer and return from/to airport/hotel
Good 3 * hotel on half board basis (conveniently located for the race)
Race Entry (Guaranteed)
Reception Meeting/Map of Area/Explanation of Course
Goody bag and Race Number etc delivered
T-Shirt and Medal
Optional 'Running Crazy' trustworthy Pre-Race Pasta meal
Exclusive 'Running Crazy' After race Party
Optional Sightseeing Tours
Full Results service by E-Mail
Photos and CD-Rom
Services of 'Running Crazy' representative
All courses are gently undulating and run on the quiet roads (not traffic free). Well marshalled and assisted by the Cyprus Police.
Marathon - The Marathon course is a point-to-point course starting at 0830am along the coast at the magical and scenic Aphrodite's rock - birthplace of the Greek Goddess of love and beauty - and perhaps best known symbol of the island. The Marathon field will be relatively small and with the likelihood of some warm weather it is suggested that this is an event for dedicated Marathoners. The course is undulating as it winds itself back along the breath-taking, stunningly beautiful coastline of the South of the island. Time limit 5 Hours.
Half Marathon - Starting and Finishing in Paphos itself by the historic fort. Again gently undulating - an out and back course. Time limit 3 hours.
10K - Another out and back course starting 15 minutes after the Half. Time limit 90 Minutes.
Map of Course:
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Spectators and Supporters:
There is so much to see and do in Paphos. The entire town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The charm of the Greek Olympic Goddess of love and beauty Aphrodite can be felt throughout the area. Whilst Paphos is now a relatively busy tourist town, it has still maintained it's small fishing harbour and its traditional activities. For the race, particularly the Marathon, we suggest taking a seat at a harbour-front café and watching events unfold. The Half Marathon and 10K runners will pass twice before the arrival of the Marathoners.
'Running Crazy' are delighted to welcome runners who are raising sponsorship for registered charities. We know that the great feeling of accomplishment when completing the race, feels even better when you are helping others in to the bargain! See our Run for Charity link to choose a charity that you can help. Many charities listed there will provide special runners packs including sponsorship forms and tips, and also charity running vests. Just contact them with your details and tell them you intend to run with 'Running Crazy' on their behalf. In addition we will provide you with a 'Running Crazy' Certificate confirming your achievement and result, and also a special commemorative prize. Just specify the charity name in your 'Application'
There are many tourist hotels in the Paphos region and with good weather throughout the winter, most stay open all year round. However there are only one or two that are well placed for the race as well as the rest of your time here. We have secured accommodation at a great 3 star hotel on a half board basis. It is the closest to the Start/Finish area at just 800 metres (5 minutes walk) and so is ideal for kit security, changing, showers and that all important last toilet visit!
Here are the figures:
average sunshine hours per day: 8
wet days in a month: 7
average temperature: 10-20 degrees celsius
humidity: 70% (at 0700 hrs) 55% (at 14.00 hrs)
average monthly rainfall: 2.1"
As well as being of huge historical and cultural interest, Paphos is also a well known tourist resort. There are numerous cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants all within walking distance of the hotel. Fortunately though out of earshot! We know all the best value places to eat, drink and party. Our pasta meal at a trustworthy good value restaurant the night before the race is always popular and a great social occasion. Our after race party complete with prizes and surprises is always worth staying up for. There is ample to do for the nightowls!
This weekend offers a great opportunity for Clubs or Training Partners to get together. It may also make the travel arrangements more convenient and enjoyable. There are discounts available for larger groups (20+), but even a group of just 10 will qualify for an additional prize for the first or last to finish (you choose).
Our all inclusive prices are extremely competitive - from as little as just £149 for the weekend - we know we cannot be beaten on price - and our runners continually tell us that they receive so much more on a 'Running Crazy' weekend break. All our 'resort races' offer half board accommodation, and for our 'Big City' races we know all the best value places to eat, drink and have fun. Indeed we book these for our pre-race and after race gatherings, meaning groups and individuals can just sit back, relax, make new running pals and let us do any worrying. No tourist traps for our clients! We know these races and places inside out, and will advise on what to see and do over the weekend, provide directions and maps - all very useful when on a tight timescale. All you have to do is run!
6 weeks before the event, or sooner if "Sold Out" applied to Index page.
What to do next?:
If you are interested in taking part in this event, simply complete and send the application form . Further information including prices and travel tips will be sent by return.